Bhutan is the last of the forbidden worlds that has just recently opened to the outside world. A small country in the Eastern Himalayas, it is a land of incredible mountain vista as well as a unique culture. It is said that the people of Bhutan are the happiest in the world.
When it comes to happiness, Bhutan is more concerned about its Gross National Happiness than its Gross Domestic Product. Sparcely populated (less than a million people), it has a rich history as it successfully fought off invasion after invasion from Tibet in the north over several centuries.
Because of its small population, the country is still 60% forests that grow on the lower elevations of the mighty Himalayas. There botanical wonders abound with rare orchids and beautiful wildflowers. There is plenty of wildlife as well as unique mammals that are only found in Bhutan. The lower hillsides feature picturesque, terraced farms that work their way up the mountainsides.
The Taste of Bhutan tour features a look into this amazing country. Travel over high mountain passes and look over deep gorges where fast-flowing, glacial fed mountain streams rage over rock on their way to meet up with the Bay of Bengal far to the south. Inside the country, discover colorfully dressed people, amazing Buddhist temples, ancient dzongs (fortresses) and exciting festivals. Bhutanese are probably so happy because they have many festivals during the course of the year and celebrate them with a flourish.
The Taste of Bhutan is a five day experience in Bhutan where you will discover the wonderful highlights that this country has to offer. Himalayan Planet Adventures has been hosting trips into the Land of Happiness for nearly ten years. We have made plenty of friends and contacts with hotels, restaurants, guides and government officials, thereby assuring you of the finest quality of experience in this amazing Himalayan country.
Note: If you want to use Aman Kora Resort the total cost is US$ 4,500.00 per person based on min two persons for this trip. If you want to use single room has to pay single supplement US$ 2,500.00 additional on the given rates.If you are solo traveler has to pay additional cost for standard package is US$ 240.00, for deluxe package US$ 750.00 & for Aman Kora US$3,000.00 in total.
DAY 1 – Arrival in Paro Paro is the gateway to Bhutan as it is the country’s only international airport. Situated in the western part of Bhutan, Paro is a fertile green valley surrounded by high hills and cliffs that lend itself to a most picturesque view. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your representative of Himalayan Planet Adventures and taken to your hotel. In the afternoon, spend the time exploring this wonderful city and its cultural places. We will go to Bhutan’s most famous place, the monastery of the Tiger’s Nest, rising 1000 meters above the valley floor. This monastery literally hangs off the side of the cliff, it’s white buildings in stark contrast to the dark rock that surrounds it. From here, gaze down at the beautiful Paro Valley floor below. Rest that night in your hotel, you will be enjoying traditional Bhutanese cooking for dinner.
DAY 2 – Travel to Thimphu It’s a short drive from Paro to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Like everything in Bhutan, Thimphu is situated in its own valley. Here there is a wealth of galleries, museums, and places to explore. Thimphu is a new capital city but preserves the ancient architecture of Bhutan. We will visit the royal palace. The people of Bhutan revere their king who is held in high esteem. The palace is situated with a Buddhist monastery, a reminder of the admixture of its particular brand of Buddhism that is intertwined with its government and culture. You will have a chance to visit with Thimphu’s shopkeepers as you look over amazing handicrafts that are only found in Bhutan. Here is a good place to purchase Thankas (Buddhist religious paintings). Spend the night at your hotel here in the capital.
DAY 3 – Travel to Punakha The drive to Punakha from Thimphu is only 10 km, but what a journey. The road winds its way up to Dochu La Pass (elev. 3,050 m/10,006 ft.) which will give you the most magnificent view of the Eastern Himalayas, including Gangkhar Puensum. Rising to 7,570 m/24,840 ft, it is not only the highest mountain in Bhutan but also the highest unclimbed mountain in the world. There are plenty of wildflowers that blanket the pass, making it a most beautiful place to behold. The road then descends on a winding path on its way to Punakha. This is the ancient capital of Bhutan and the winter home of many of the Buddhist monks who make their way here from Thimphu each year. The valley is the confluence of the Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu Rivers. Discover the famed Chimi Lhakhang or Temple of Fertility with its giant phallus. Couples who are childless often make pilgrimages to this temple to be blessed with children. We will explore this ancient city as well as spend the night here.
DAY 4 – Return to Thimphu and Paro Today’s journey returns to Paro via Thimphu. Today is a free day to explore the city as well as to enjoy the wonderful architecture, museums, monasteries and markets that this city has to offer. In the evening, enjoy a wonderful meal as you spend your final night in Bhutan.
DAY 5 – DepartureThe Bhutan journey has come to an end today. A five-day adventure into Bhutan is really too short to see everything this tiny Himalayan kingdom has to offer. This would be a good time to talk to your representative at Himalayan Planet Adventures. There are great trekking trips in Nepal, as well as kayaking on its fast flowing mountain streams. There are further sightseeing trips deep into the interior of the country, which is untouched by most visitors. Why not plan a return trip now to the Land of Happiness.
Why Should I Go on the Taste of Bhutan Trip?
Bhutan is an indescribable place that offers an opportunity to see a Himalayan country that has been untouched by the outside world. It has wonderful hospitality as well as its own unique culture. The beauty of the Eastern Himalayas are unmatched by any other scenery in the world. The people still dress in traditional costumes and enjoy meeting visitors to their land. The happiness of the people is truly amazing, and that joy will definitely rub off on you.
Meals and Accommodations
The taste of Bhutan adventure features double occupancy hotels with wi-fi. These are nice hotels, with trained staff to cater to your needs. You will get twin sharing accommodation in three star hotel categories for standard package and 5 star hotel categories for deluxe package as they are located in Paro, Thimphu and Punakha.
Food choices include continental, Chinese or Bhutanese foods. Lunch as we travel will be Bhutanese cuisine which is very tasty and enjoyable.
This trip includes full meals as well as coffee and tea. Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks and mineral water is not included in the price. However,
Anyone can do this trip as we take first class tourist bus to the various destinations. There is a climb to the Tiger’s Nest, but if you can’t make the climb, horses are available to make the trip to this iconic landmark. Of course, you should always consult with your doctor before going on any trip abroad.
Himalayan Planet Adventures always highly recommends that you take out a policy for travel insurance. This is a wonderful peace of mind and is not very expensive. Travel insurance covers emergency medical issues, lost luggage, delays and cancellations. It is a very small investment and you will sleep better, knowing that if any emergency arises, you are covered.
Trek Leaders and Staff
Ten years of dedication and hard work has made Himalayan Planet Adventures one of the region’s leading travel and trekking companies. From our inception, we have committed ourselves to providing the finest service to our customers, which has earned us a 95+% approval rating. You don’t become an industry leader unless you work hard to make your clients happy and satisfied. Our best recommendations come from our customers who over the years recommend their friends to use Himalayan Planet Adventures.
Acclimatization is not a problem on the Taste of Bhutan Tour. The highest point on the trip is Dochu La Pass at 3,050 meters. AMS occurs usually above 3500 meters, so this is well below that threshold. In addition, we only spend a short time at the pass before traveling down into the valley below.
Climate and Weather
Bhutan features a climate similar to the other countries of the High Himalayas. The valleys are pleasant and green, and rarely see temperatures below 3° C. In winter, daytime highs will reach around 22° C. The best times to visit Bhutan is spring and autumn. Spring (late February through May) is dry with rising daytime temperatures that top out at 32° with lows around 18 - 20° C. Autumn (September through November) is beautiful in Bhutan as it follows the summer rains. Wildflowers abound and everything is a rich green color. Temperatures can be cool at night in late autumn, dropping down to around 8°C, but daytime highs will reach around 24°.
Summer is the rainy season. Here rivers are at their peaks and waterfalls are everywhere.
Passport and Visa Requirements
Before arrival, you will need a “paper” visa issued prior to your arrival. When you arrive in Paro, you will then receive your visa in your passport. Visa fee is $40. Your visa will be arranged by Himalayan Planet Adventures before your trip to Bhutan. You will need to send a copy of your passport to Himalayan Planet Adventures when you book this trip. Your passport should have a minimum of six months left after the end of your Bhutan trip.
Permits and Fees
Your visa fee is arranged by the staff at Himalayan Planet Adventures prior to your trip to Bhutan. Once we have the “paper visa”, you are now authorized to enter the Land of Happiness. The price of your visa is included in the price of this trip.
Bhutan has very strict regulations concerning the environment and we at Himalayan Planet Adventures adhere to those guidelines. We recognize that the Himalayas are a unique and fragile biosphere which must be protected for all future generations.
Himalayan Planet Adventures is a government registered company, based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Himalayan Planet Adventures has maintained a strong, working relationship with government agencies and businesses in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, India, Bangladesh and Thailand. We belong to a number of professional tourism organizations, adhering to their high standards of excellence. Himalayan Planet Adventures’ long experience in tourism has taught us how to best serve our clients, thereby giving us a 95%+ satisfaction rating from our clients. We encourage anyone to check with our former clients for their comments and recommendations.
How to BookOnce you have decided on your trek, please contact our main office in Kathmandu by either e-mail or phone to check availability of dates as well as to ask any questions you might have. Once you are satisfied, you will need to fill out the booking form as listed on our internet site (www.Himalayanplanet.com) and submit to us. A 50% deposit is required, with balance to be paid on arrival in Bhutan. We accept Master Card, Visa as well as cash and bank transfer. Upon payment of your deposit as well as submission of the booking form, we will invoice you with the final payment which can be paid anytime up to the day of your arrival in Paro, Bhutan.
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